2 dead after church charter bus crashes
Two people who died after a charter bus carrying a church group crashed in Colorado Sunday have been identified.
Jason Paul Marshall, a 53-year-old seminarian of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and Anthony Padilla, the driver of the bus were killed, according to CNN affiliate KRDO.
The bus was filled with high school students and parishioners returning from the Steubenville Catholic Youth Conference in Denver, the station reported Monday.
The bus was carrying 10 children and five adults, according to Colorado State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Blake White. The group was returning to New Mexico from Denver when the bus apparently hit an embankment under a bridge, White told reporters Sunday afternoon. The crash took place near Pueblo, Colorado, about 45 miles south of Colorado Springs.
Pueblo Fire Chief Brian Caserta said that when emergency crews arrived, only five people remained on the bus and had to be extricated.
“The stability of the bus was in question, so crews had to work cautiously,” he said.
Two people were declared dead at the scene, said Mike Lening, operations manager with American Medical Response paramedics.
Twelve people were taken to area hospitals in Pueblo and one person was flown to Colorado Springs, Lening said Sunday.
As of Monday at least four patients were discharged from St. Mary’s Corwin in Pueblo, according to KRDO.
Injuries ranged from minor to critical, White said Sunday.
CNN’s Dylan Miettinen contributed to this report.